by John Gill
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Divinity, 18th century Baptist apologist John Gill
presents a robustly Calvinist system of theology. Gill
aims to develop a way of understanding and speaking about
God, namely, a way to make sense of God's nature and
works. To set the foundation for this project, Gill first
discusses the evidence for God's existence and then moves
on to establish the Divine authority of Scripture. Gill
then explores God's characteristics in light of God's
covenant with the chosen elect. Gill provides a Reformed
perspective on the three-person Godhead, ultimately
arguing for "the plurality of the Trinity in the unity of
the Divine." Several sections of Doctrinal Divinity are
devoted to the purpose of Christ and the role of God's
grace. The book concludes with a discussion of the final
predicament of man. Gill relies heavily on Biblical
passages but also cites relevant literature from ancient
poets and Greek philosophers. Since Gill's style is both
narrative and exegetical, Doctrinal Divinity offers an
engaging read for all audiences.
CCEL Staff Writer